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Going on the Offensive Against Robocalls

A poster for a challenge to block illegal robocalls (Courtesy Photo)
A poster for a challenge to block illegal robocalls (Courtesy Photo)

 

(CBS) – Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, on Wednesday said it wants the nation’s top phone companies to give consumers the ability to block robocalls, and it’s looking for support to press them into action.

The group said Americans’ frustration with being bombarded by auto-dialed calls, many of which are scams, has reached a breaking point. Consumers Union said the campaign seeks to take advantage of that frustration by getting consumers to put their names on a petition at www.endrobocalls.org intended to get Verizon (VZ), CenturyLink (CTL) and AT&T (T) to provide free call-blocking technology.

“Americans are sick and tired of robocallers that invade their homes and try to rip them off with predatory scams,” Consumers Union attorney Christina Tetreault said in a statement. “It’s time for phone companies to stop dragging their feet and empower consumers to put an end to unwanted robocalls.”

Consumers Union said more than 75,000 people have already signed on.

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